AGILECERT_-_Agile_Project_Management_Certification_Workshop by lanyuehua


									                                                       Agile Project Management
                                                        Certification Workshop

                                       Course Description:
Days:                             3    Agile has made its way into the mainstream — it's no longer a
Format:              Instructor-Led    grassroots movement to change software development. Today,
                                       more organizations and companies are adopting this approach
Class Code              AGILECERT
                                       over a more traditional waterfall methodology, and more are
                                       working every day to make the transition.
    Knowledge of prerequisites
          noted below.                  To stay relevant in the competitive, professional world, it's
                                        increasingly important that professionals can demonstrate true
Course content is subject to change     leadership ability on today's software projects. The Project
         without notice.                Management Institute's Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)
                                        certification clearly illustrates to colleagues, organizations or even
                                        potential employers that you're ready and able to lead in this new
                                       age of product development, management and delivery.

This PMI-ACP training class not only prepares you to lead your next Agile project effort, but ensures that
you're prepared to pass the PMI-ACP certification exam. Acquiring this certification now will make you
one of the first software professionals to achieve this valuable industry designation from PMI.

Who should attend:
This Agile PM training course is designed for anyone who is considering the use of an Agile Project
Management methodology for software development, including:
       Project Managers
       IT Managers/Directors
       Software Engineers
       Software Architects
       Software Managers
       Testing Managers
       Team Leaders

In-Class Practice Session Overview
This PMI-ACP training course is a stimulating combination of class interaction, case studies, group
exercises and workshops. Each is designed to allow you to easily grasp new Agile project
management concepts and techniques. Specifically, you will cover:
        Understanding the enormous gains available by empowering Agile teams
        The knowledge areas required for the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner exam

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        Reaching a common understanding of your customer and their needs
        How to effectively manage a project's schedule, scope, budget, quality, and team using an
        Agile approach
        Tangible effective methods of team based planning
        Creating transparent communication among and with customers
        Tips and techniques for Agile Project Managers to inspire the team to better performance
        Prioritizing methods that will help the team build trust with customers
        Connecting all five levels of planning to create cadence for the team
        Establishing a roadmap for what you would like to apply to your Agile team and how success
        with Agile can be achieved

                                         Course Outline
Section I: Understanding Agile Project Management
More than simply a methodology or approach to software development, Agile Project Management
embraces a set of principles that drive effective software development. Agile Project Management
methods focus on the customer, embraces the ever changing nature of business environments and
encourages human interaction in delivering outstanding software. In this introduction, we'll discuss the

                           What is Agile?
                           Why Agile?
                           Agile Manifesto
                           Agile Principles and how they relate to project
                           Agile Benefits
                    Class Exercise:
                           In this exercise we will discover how utilizing an
                           iterative, Agile approach provides results sooner, more
                           effectively and uses the productivity of the entire team to
                           produce results.

Section II. The Project Schedule
Agile project managers must do more than simply manage an "up-front defined"schedule, they must be
able to continually manage an ever changing scope against a well defined project timeline. A dynamic
software development environment requires new approaches to schedule management. In this section, we

                           Managing change while also focusing on our primary
                           responsibility: delivering the product
                           How we determine the project schedule and release plan
                           Identifying a team's "velocity," the team's measure of
                           productivity, in our efforts to more reliably predict when
                           our product will be ready for production
                           The Five Levels of Agile planning and how they work
                           together to ensure the team remains on schedule

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                           throughout the project
                           Using tools such as burn-down charts and task boards as
                           strategic and tactical measures to closely monitor the
                           team's progress and make corrections as necessary
                    Class Exercise:
                           As a group we will discuss how we traditionally manage
                           a project's "Triple Constraints." We will use the
                           information discovered to contrast how Agile Project
                           Management differs from this traditional approach and
                           the benefits that this new approach provides.

Section llI: The Project Scope
Software development today is not only complicated, it is full of utterly unpredictable variables. In a
traditional development approach, these variables lead to missed dates or reduced scope, and the
neverending effort to battle scope creep. Utilizing an Agile Project Management approach means a new
technique for managing a dynamic scope with the intended outcome being the best-delivered product
possible. In this section we cover:

                           How to conquer the battle over 'Scope Creep' once and
                           for all
                           Consistently delivering what the customer truly needs
                           and wants, not just what might have been initially
                           planned for
                           Understanding complex environments and how
                           complexity requires managing within the 'Cone of
                           Allowing the customer to always be in charge of the
                           project scope, including making feature trade-off
                           decisions when required

Section IV: The Project Budget
Adhering to a budget is important, but it cannot be the only financial aspect that today's project managers
must consider. Our financial management obligations must be expanded to also consider the ultimate
return on investment (ROI) our software will generate. The true value of delivering a project under budget
can be easily undermined by delivering a product that misses defined market needs and fails to produce
an active user community satisfied with the delivered result. In this section we explore:

                           How to ensure your product seeks to maximize ROI after
                           Communicating to your customer the metric of work
                           delivered against budget expended (earned value
                           Methods for partnering with your customer to ensure that
                           the value of what is being developed exceeds the
                           investment it requires to complete

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Section V: The Product Quality
All of the best development efforts don't mean much without being able to deliver a high-quality product.
Agile project teams recognize that quality is not a universal, objective measure, but a subjective definition
provided by the customer and continually re-evaluated through the course of the project. In addition to
paying close attention to our customer's definition of quality, the team must also work to ensure highly
stable, scalable code to ensure that future product enhancements will be possible without significant
recoding efforts.This section will include the following topics:

                           Employing product demonstrations to ensure that what
                           the team is building matches what the customer is
                           Applying Agile testing techniques in the effort to create
                           high-quality, refactored code
                           How to write effective acceptance criteria for identified
                           Code reviews, paired programming and test-driven
                    Class Exercise:
                           In small groups, class participants will work together to
                           deliver a customer-identified product over the course of
                           three iterations. At the end of the exercise the class will
                           discuss how product quality was determined and what
                           each team did to deliver it. This exercise has often been
                           described as a singular 'ah-ha!' moment for better
                           understanding of why an Agile Project Management
                           approach works in software development.

Section Vl: The Project Team
Today's project managers must do more than simply manage a project's details, they must coach the
individuals on their team. Studies have proven that when a team is happy, they produce better products
more efficiently. More than just resources, the team members' productivity must be tapped in new ways to
empower them to improve based on their experiences and abilities to truly collaborate. In this section we
will explore:

                           Collaboration essentials
                           Managing the individual personalities of the team
                           Understanding your coaching style to improve your
                           ability to effectively lead the team
                           The Agile project team roles
                           Managing distributed teams
                    Class Exercise:
                           In this exercise, each of the teams in the class will be
                           presented with a specific scenario which will require
                           them to work together to solve. This classic exercise in

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                            team dynamics was first used over 30 years ago at a
                            prestigious university and has been used effectively as a
                            tool to uncover how prevailing personalities can create
                            unintended consequences.

Section Vll: Project Metrics
It has been said that it is impossible to manage what you don't measure. Agile project managers utilize
metrics to assist the team to improve their performance by providing a reflection of results against the
team's action. Metrics also need to be used to effectively communicate to the business and product owner
the current status of the development effort. This chapter will explore the following:

                           Review of common Agile metrics
                           Taskboards as tactical metrics for the team
                           Effectively utilizing metrics to communicate the current
                           state of the project as well as projected delivery date

Section VIIl: Continuous Improvement
A foundational tenet of the Agile approach is the pursuit of improving the approach over time based on
the team's experience. Agile's non-prescriptive approach requires regular examination to ensure that every
opportunity to improve efficiency in it's execution is recognized and implemented. Without clear plans for
continuous improvement, most Agile teams will not make the transition to this approach a lasting one.

                           Why continuous improvement must be a part of every
                           Agile Project Management approach
                           How the team's commitment empowers continuous
                           How to effectively use retrospectives
                           Why every team member should care about improving
                           their approach over time

Section lX: Project Leadership
More than simply managing resources and tasks, today's project managers must lead and inspire teams.
The project manager's ability to effectively lead their team is based on several sound principles that
provide the support that the team needs while also encouraging the team to grow more self-sufficient in
their improvement efforts over time. We'll examine the following topics:

                           Project leadership over simple project management
                           Command and control versus servant leadership
                           Insulating the team from disruption and distraction
                           Matching needs to opportunities
                    Class Exercise:
                           In this exercise, class participants will experience how
                           self-organization quickly yields impressive results
                           compared to the traditional top-down approach of

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                             organizing the team's efforts.

Section X: Successfully Transitioning to Agile Project Management
The course would not be complete without an in depth discussion on how the course participants can
successfully transition from their current approach to an Agile approach with ease.

                            Correlating current challenges to possible solutions
                            How corporate culture affects team ability to complete a
                            lasting transition
                            Overcoming resistance to Agile Project Managment early
                            in the adoption process
                            Navigating around popular Agile Project Management

Section Xl: A Full Day of Preparation for the Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) Certification
Building on all of the material covered in the class, this final day long portion of the class will specifically
address what each of the participants will need to do and need to know in order to pass their exam and
receive their PMI-ACP certification. You will spend a full day in class dedicated to application tips, tricks
and test preparation.

                            Completing your Project Management Institute Agile
                            Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) application
                            How to complete your reservation to take the PMI-ACP
                            certification exam
                            What to expect on the day of your PMI-ACP exam
                            In-depth review of each section of the exam, what you
                            will need to know, and how to prepare to pass the exam
                            on your first attempt
                            Class review of sample test questions to help prepare for
                            the exam

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